About JD Carroll
link. Carroll is a songwriter in the folk-rock, pop, storytelling genre. Songs of love, social commentary, character study, and just plain fun fill out his catalog. JD Carroll has been writing music since before paper was invented. Originally, he carved his lyrics into wood tree limbs and etched them onto slabs of soft stone. This was a durable but extremely time-consuming way to record his music. Unfortunately, most of his early writings were destroyed in the second apocalypse. Luckily, his music had become very popular within the Neanderthal community and was held in great esteem by that promising species. It was passed along through word of mouth for centuries; it evolved as it was passed down from generation to generation. Somewhere in the past his music crossed over to the homo-sapiens and moved on into the more modern world.
When his good friend, Johannes Gutenberg, started fooling around with his new printing press JD suggested to Johannes that he turn out some of JD's music to test the usefulness and practicality of the new gadget. Much to JD's dismay, Gutenberg decided to go with the money and print Bibles instead. This caused a major rift in their relationship which still resonates today. Some slights are hard to get over.
It is rumored but not substantiated that JD was working with Ludwig Von Beethoven on the "Ode to Joy" and JD suggested he change the name to "Come on People, Let's Get Happy" but Ludwig thought the name was a little too long. Everyone is thankful.
As the industrial revolution took hold JD found himself palling around with Charles Dickens. It was at one of their late-night, cigar-chomping, whiskey-drinking gabfests that Charles mentioned he was looking for a career change. That Counting House thing was not working out for him. JD suggested that he try writing. Maybe something involving social reform. The possibility of serializing was discussed. Maybe even a short Christmas story about some mean old guy who finds redemption through a dream or something. Dickens found great success soon after and helped JD move to America.
JD landed in Menlo Park working in Edison's Lab when he mentioned to Tom that a wax cylinder might work better than Tom's original leather cylinder in the early prototypes of Tom's phonograph. He also tried to get Tom to record "My Father's Son" instead of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" as his first recording. Tommy stuck with "Mary" and the rest is history.
During the 1950's JD moved to East Farewell and wrote the album of the same name. His experiences there shaped his later work. While working with the Everston Brothers, JD mentioned perhaps if they tried some tight harmonies and shortened their names they may have better luck with the rock & roll genre that was starting to take hold. Songwriting pals Felice and Boudleaux would always laugh about the time JD and his girlfriend, Kathy, fell asleep in the movies and were scared her parents would think something was going on. They even wrote a tune about it but changed her name to Suzy to protect Kathy's reputation. East Farewell was a small town, words spread quickly.
As the 1960s and '70s came around JD moved to outside Philadelphia, PA, and worked on refining his sound and learning to record his music on analog tape. He produced the vinyl 45 "I Can Make You Smile" b/w "Brand New Lover." Both received lots of play on jukeboxes all over the city.
In the new century, as the Internet fad took off, JD set about re-recording his music into digital formats and made it available to all. All his music can be found at link, as well as on N1M, I-Tunes, ReverbNation, TuneCore, Radio Airplay, and CD-Baby.
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